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Job 37:6 -
For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

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MARY PONDERED THEM IN HER HEART
By Elder J. A. Rowell, Jr.

Isaiah 7:14 "herefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bare a son, and shall call His name Immanuel."

This vision of Isaiah is remarkable. About eight hundred years later we read of the angel explaining to a virgin, named Mary, what lay ahead of her, [Luke 1:35] "And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."

Mary, ever submissive, and said, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word and the angel departed from her."

She soon visited her cousin, Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. Upon Mary's salutation, the babe, John, leaped for joy within his mother at which time Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with a loud voice, "Blessed art thou among women." Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Saviour."

Shortly afterward, Mary, with her espoused husband, Joseph, had to go to Bethlehem in response to a tax decree by Caesar Augustus, where her son was born. In the fields where shepherds were keeping watch over their flocks by night, a beautiful scene occurred. A messenger from the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; the angel realizing they were afraid, comforted them with the good tidings of great joy and proclaimed, "that unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God.

The shepherds decided to go find this babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and they told all they came in contact with what they had experienced. "And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart."

When did all this happen? We do not know specifically, but we do know the fullness of the time had come and God had sent forth His Son.

Oh, the beautiful situation of these scenes. No royal fanfare, no great armies, no religionists involved, but as Isaiah said, "The Lord Himself" in His way and at His time handled the glorious events surrounding the natural birth of

His Son. He prepared Him a body and the great choir of the Heavenly host, yes the multitude was dispatched from heaven praising God. "Unto you a child is born, unto you a Son is given."

No wonder Mary kept things and pondered them in her heart.

She did not wonder at the news, she must have known that the son to which she had given birth was indeed that holy thing the angel had confided to her he would be.

Oh glorious thought, Immanuel was here. God was with us. Divinity was the herald of divinity in the words of peace on earth, good will toward men. Yet, it was a child that was born. Angels praised God as His Son lay as a baby in a manger. Thank God, the deliverer had arrived.

God had sent His son. He was here among men. Their eyes had seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. The inspired word of God shares the feeling of the time with us today.

Article from The Banner of Love...Dec. 1987


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